How to import raw files from a recently released camera into an old version of Photoshop.

If you have recently purchased a new camera, and want to work with RAW images but are still running an old version of Photoshop there is a work around.

You’re maybe in this situation if you have an old PC running Windows XP as LR4 and Photoshop CS6 require Windows 7. Or if you just don’t want the expense of updating LR or Photoshop.

The process is straightforward. First you convert all the RAW files into “Digital Negative” format, this is an open, non proprietary RAW format – your camera makers format is specific and bespoke. I convert all my images to DNG anyway, and there are some advantages such as slightly smaller (10%) files size.

This conversion is lossless, and the files can then be imported into older versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.

Find the software here.

The important thing to remember is that there are different versions of Adobe Camera RAW – more capability is added as camera manufacturers introduce new features – so you must choose the correct version to save to depending on the Adobe Photoshop version you have, but you must use the LATEST version of DNG converter if you have a new camera.

For example if you have CS3 then choose DNG v4.6 see picture.

So you are converting from a current version of ACR to an older one effectively. Leave the other options as I’ve got them.

Once the conversion has taken place, simply import into Lightroom or Photoshop as normal.

Most recent cameras that the latest version of DNG converter will convert for includes:
Canon EOS 1D X
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 60Da
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Canon PowerShot S100V
Fuji X-Pro1
Nikon D4
Nikon D3200
Nikon D800
Nikon D800E
Olympus OM-D E-M5


Author: Wayne John Grundy

Technology Professional and photographer

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